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Monthly Archives: October 2016

Sustainable Golf Tournament Standard Consultation Launched

The Golf Environment

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A public consultation period has opened on a new voluntary sustainability standard for golf tournaments, with industry leaders calling for input into the creation of sustainable best practices for golf tournaments around the world.

“We’re excited to be launching the public consultation on criteria for a Sustainable Golf Tournament Standard” said Eric Duea, Tournament Programme Manager at GEO (Golf Environment Organization), the not-for-profit group leading the industry collaboration behind this new standard. “Including the participation of various experts and industry leaders is an important stage in the development of a practical industry standard. Strong industry standards are formed when a diversity of viewpoints are incorporated, and I am looking forward to seeing what we learn over the next 60 days.”

With growing awareness among both consumers and organizers of the impact which major events, including golf tournaments, can have across social, economic and environmental factors the golf industry is making proactive efforts to minimise impacts and maximize the positive value of tournaments.

“Since the London 2012 Olympic Games sustainability has been firmly on the agenda of large events across the globe” said Mervyn Jones, Director at SGR Ltd, a sustainability and resource efficiency consultancy, and member of the Expert Working Group for the Sustainable Golf Tournament Standard, a group of ten experts from the golfing, sustainability, event and academic worlds who, facilitated by GEO, are developing the standard. “Golf is no exception to this growing action amongst events, with sustainability programmes such as the European Tour’s GreenDrive and The Open’s GreenLinks programmes gaining impact and momentum each year. The aim of this standard is to define meaningful and practical criteria to assist golf tournaments, large and small, to maximise their positive social and environmental value.”

Read the full press release here.

Legend Solar Named Presenting Sponsor of Portland Trail Blazers Energy Green Game

Via Business Wire

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Legend Solar, one of the fastest-growing solar power companies in the West, announced today it is the three-year presenting sponsor of the Portland Trail Blazers Energy Green Game, which includes a promotional sponsorship that involves branding and concourse activities throughout each season.

The Legend Solar sponsorship helps support the Trail Blazers’ efforts to protect the planet and community to ensure a brighter future for generations to come.

“As a solar power provider, we are committed to saving energy through solar power initiatives and supporting the communities in which we do business,” said Shaun Alldredge, co-founder and co-owner of Legend Solar. “Our sponsorship with the Portland Trail Blazers allows us to support one of our favorite sports teams, and help improve the quality of people’s lives through education about solar power.”

The Trail Blazers’ Energy Green Game will be held April 8 against the Utah Jazz. As the presenting sponsor, Legend Solar will educate fans about the benefits of solar power for their homes and businesses. Throughout each season of the sponsorship, Legend Solar will also hold concourse events for fans to interact and learn more about solar power, in addition to participating in various promotional activities at Trail Blazers’ games and on trailblazers.com.

“Solar is providing clean energy alternatives,” said Trail Blazers Senior Vice President of Revenue Steve Scott. “Our partnership with Legend Solar will allow us to utilize our Energy Green Game as a platform to educate our fans on clean energy alternatives and encourage them to take action in their communities.”

Read the full press release here.

Pacers Going Green with New Fieldhouse Recycling Strategy

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By Anthony Schoettle

In the upcoming NBA season, 73 dual trash-and-recycling containers will be placed throughout the fieldhouse. (Image courtesy Pacers Sports & Entertainment)

In the upcoming NBA season, 73 dual trash-and-recycling containers will be placed throughout the fieldhouse. (Image courtesy Pacers Sports & Entertainment)

The Pacers are ratcheting up a fledgling recycling effort in Bankers Life Fieldhouse and intend to begin enlisting fans to pitch in during the upcoming NBA season.

Later this year or early next year, team officials plan to place 73 dual trash-and-recycling containers throughout the fieldhouse to replace the vast majority of trash cans installed when the venue opened in 1999. The goal is to increase recycling and diminish the stream of waste coming out of the 18,165-seat venue.

The city’s Capital Improvement Board, the quasi-governmental entity that owns downtown’s major sports facilities, paid $175,738 to a Wisconsin-based firm for the bins. The team plans to have personnel—including workers from concession vendor Levy Restaurants—on hand to help educate fans about what can and cannot be recycled. Signage also will be posted to help fans navigate the new recycling program.

Pacers officials estimate the fieldhouse generated 730 tons of trash in 2015. Pacers Sports & Entertainment operates the venue for the CIB.

The recycling effort officially kicked off over the summer. During the Indiana Fever season, the fieldhouse cleaning crew began separating aluminum, plastic and glass from the refuse left on the floors in seating areas. In June, the team installed a bailer at the fieldhouse to begin recycling cardboard.

The effort is being pushed by team owner Herb Simon and his son Stephen, who recently has taken on a more active role in the franchise as part-owner.

“Herb and Stephen Simon are both very environmentally conscious and want to make sure we’re being good stewards,” said Mel Raines, Pacers senior vice president of facilities operations. “They’re very supportive of this effort and want to know how we are doing.”

Read the full article here.

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